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Support a Production

Support a production and become involved in the creative process leading up to the opening night of your favourite opera or ballet.

As a Production Supporter you will be invited to attend closed working rehearsals, meet with artists and members of the creative teams and visit our technical departments. You could also experience the thrill of watching a performance from the wings of the Royal Opera House stage and see the artists take their curtain calls.

As a Role Supporter, you will be invited to watch the artist in your chosen role prepare for their performances and meet them backstage during the rehearsal process.

Production Syndicate opportunities

In the 2017/18 Season there will be opportunities to get involved in new productions for both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.

The Royal Ballet

Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. Celebrating the centenary of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet’s three Company choreographers will unite in a varied programme of new and recent work, and we are thrilled to be organising a syndicate around this mixed bill. There will be two new one-act ballets from Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon. These works will be presented alongside The Age of Anxiety by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. Our second syndicate will focus on a new staging of the 19th-century Pepita/Ivanov classic Swan Lake with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett. John Macfarlane continues his long association with the Company as designer of this new production to bring fresh eyes to the staging, while remaining faithful to the Pepita-Ivanov text.

The Royal Opera

The first opera production syndicate of the 2017/18 Season will support new production of Rossini’s Semiramide which has not been staged at the Royal Opera House since the late Victorian era. This new production will be by David Alden who says of the opera, ‘[it is] hard and political, almost as if it is carved out of the stone and what lies beneath is like a Greek tragedy’. The Royal Opera’s Director of Music, Maestro Antonio Pappano, will conduct an outstanding ensemble of great Rossini singers including Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Our second syndicate will support a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin in its first fresh staging since here at the Royal Opera House since 1997. Directed by David Alden and conducted by Andris Nelsons, it will feature an experienced cast led by German tenor and Wagner specialist Klaus Florian Vogt.

Keith Warner’s magnificent staging of Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen will return at the beginning of the 2018/19 Season. We are incredibly excited to be organizing a production syndicate around Wagner’s monumental work, which lasts more than 15 hours in its entirety, providing audiences with an unparalleled musical and dramatic experience.

The Experience

During the 2016/17 Season, there have been opportunities to support Wayne McGregor’s Multiverse and Kasper Holten’s new production of Wagner’s epic and uplifting comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Upcoming production syndicate opportunities this Season will be around Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances and a new production of Verdi’s Otello by Keith Warner, conducted by Maestro Pappano, in which the world’s leading tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut.

Like (I suspect) many people I had treated going to the opera as pure entertainment without focusing on what was involved in arriving at the finished product. This changed for me after I responded to an invitation to support The Royal Opera’s new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. I quickly began to understand the immensity of the task of producing an opera for public performance and the huge amount of planning, organization and hard work by the many people involved. I felt a part of something important and worthwhile – the production of one of my favourite operas by one of the foremost operatic composers. The whole experience has been both fascinating and rewarding and I would recommend it to anyone seriously interested in opera.

Malcolm Strong, supporter of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 2016/17

The (literally) behind-the-scenes involvement that comes with syndicate participation is both fun and instructive for us personally and has enhanced and expanded our enjoyment of and sense of connection with the ultimate performances. These syndicate events also involve us with a group of like-minded people whom we now see regularly at performances and elsewhere, a more interesting ‘club’ than any St James’s gentlemen’s club!

More important to us than our personal enjoyment of the connection with a particular piece that syndicate membership gives us, is the huge pleasure and sense of fulfilment we get from being a small part of keeping an art form that is important to us alive and relevant for generations to come.

Allen Thomas and Jane Simpson, supporters of Multiverse 2016/17

Read more about Cynthia Brown and Andy Tomkins’s experience of supporting a role in David McVicar’s Les Troyens.

Read about Helen Webb’s experience when supporting Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel as a member of the New Works Ballet Syndicate 2012/13.

To discuss involvement either at role or production level, please contact:
David Spinola on +44 (0)20 7212 9748 or david.spinola@roh.org.uk